Schloss Harburg

The castle in Harburg is supposed to be one of the best preserved and dates back to the Middle Ages. After leaving the train station, we immediately headed toward the castle. I thought we would see other tourists or maybe a few locals, but we pretty much saw no one. Also, we had to hike to actually get to the castle. Take a look:

Climbing to the top

Climbing to the top

At least we can see the castle now!

At least we can see the castle now!

Almost there

Almost there

The climb to the castle wasn’t all bad – I got to pretend I was part of enemy forces that were trying to sneak up on the castle! I really do think these little towns with castles and gates and walls should do re-enactments periodically. Can you imagine how much fun people would have trekking through the woods with nerf swords and plastic shields? It’s really a missed opportunity…

The entrance!

The entrance!

Of course by the time we got to the top of the hill, we could see there was a parking lot with a few cars in it. Evidently most people drive the Romantic Road and don’t take the train.

Now follow me on a journey through Schloss Harburg. I would like to give you as much information as possible, but since the guided tour was in German, I’m mostly just going to show you some pictures:

Between the outer walls and inner courtyard

The walk from the outer walls to the inner courtyard

The inner courtyard

The inner courtyard

You can see the wall in the background and a garden in the foreground

You can see the wall in the background and a garden in the foreground

The well in the middle of the courtyard

The well in the middle of the courtyard

A view of the inner wall

A view of the inner wall

A ghost that moves in the wind of the torture chamber

A ghost that moves in the wind of the torture chamber

The latrine

The latrine

Evidently this is what the table was likely to be set with

Evidently this is how the table was likely to be set

Castle decorations

Castle decorations

A random statue of a pig

A random statue of a pig

The dining room...

The dining room…

...and probably the only room still in use (and with an elevator)

…and probably the only room still in use (and with an elevator)

The grounds were smaller than others I’ve seen, but in some ways that made the experience more enjoyable. I could really imagine how life would have been during the Middle Ages within the walls of the castle. I can also still imagine a re-enactment with nerf weapons…

I’ll leave you with two more pictures of the inner courtyard. The buildings are quaint and the lawns well-kept. I wouldn’t mind living in a place this pretty. Then again, maybe I should set my sights on attending an event in the dining room.

A view from the far side of the wall

A view from the far side of the wall

A similar view from atop the wall

A similar view from atop the wall


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